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14 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Sophie Hodges - 16 Aug 2018

The working week is nearly over guys (as is winter, thank freaking god). If you've been stuck in an office all week, get ready to hit the town. There's a lot going on. We've got Polish dumplings, a rum smuggler's ball, and a giant beer oasis in the CBD.

Here's 14 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne. 

All Weekend 

See New Theatre At Fourtyfive Downstairs

Get artsy and check out She Said Theatre’s presentation of ‘Fallen’, a new piece of Australian theatre, inspired by the history of Charles Dickens' Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women. The work asks what happens when the promise of a clean slate is built on the suppression of the past. Should be pretty interesting. 

Where: Fortyfive Downstairs, 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 
When: August 15 to 26
For more info, click here.

Visit The New Exhibition At The NGV 

Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions is kicking off at the NGV on Friday, and tells stories of Australian identity and history through an amazing display of design objects. Tony Ellwood (NGV superstar Director) said, “Design Storytellers offers audiences the opportunity to think about the power of objects; to delve into our social history and tell stories that resonate into the future”. Check out MoMA while you're there, too. 

Where: Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square
When: Friday 17 August to February 2019
For more info, click here.

Swig Whisky At Welcome To Thornbury

Welcome To Thornbury is chucking a huge two-day whisky event this weekend. Entry is free and there is a massive line-up of bevvy’s to try and buy. PSA: dogs are welcome. If you use the word 'peatiness', we're unfollowing. 

Where: Welcome to Thornberry, 520 High St, Northcote 
When: Saturday 18 August to Sunday 19 August
For more info, click here.

Crack a cold one at Central Beer District

A new craft beer pop-up is making sure we see out winter in the best way possible. It’s called Central Beer District, and it’s opening up at Queen Vic Market. Taste new bevs from some of your favourite microbrewies, and grab some sweet BBQ food truck tucker. PSA: there will also be mulled wine. Run don’t walk.

Where: A-Shed, Queen Vic Market
When: Saturdays & Sundays, 4 August – 9 September
For more info, click here.

Thursday 16 August

Attend The Rum Smugglers' Ball

Get down to Beneath Driver Lane tonight and celebrate a simple time, when rum was smuggled across the border from the Caribbean. When gangsters ruled the streets and the speakeasy saloon was born. Enjoy some jazz, live music from Nardia Rose Band and a wide section of rum, obvs. 

Where: Beneath Driver Lane, 2/12 Driver Ln, Melbourne
When: Thursday 16 August
For more info, click here.

Friday 17 August

Sip Wine At Meet the Makers

Wine lovers, get excited. This Friday you can sample 60 prized vinos and meet their makers. Twenty of Australia’s biggest names in wine are coming to Docklands to serve up a wide range of award-winning wines. The deets are: $40 per person, champagne on arrival, up to 60 different wines, 20 wine makers and yep, you bloody guessed it, cheese and canapés.

Where: Shed 14, Central Pier, Docklands
When: Friday 17 August
For more info, click here.

Watch The DM Teasers At The B.East

Grab a burger at The B.East in Brunswick, then settle in for live acts from The DMTeasers, Moses Carr & Lord Lovat. It's all ging down this Friday night. Lord Lovat actually holds the record for 'twerks per minute' and the lights are gonna be done by Bad Idea Factory. Take the next day off.

Where: The B.East, 80 Lygon St, Brunswick East
When: Friday 17 August, from
For more info, click here

Join A Prince Dance Party At The Astor

Prince’s rare 1987 concert film returns to the big screen for this special MIFF event at The Astor. Relive the magic of an incredible career and then join Fee B-Squared for a Prince dance party in the foyer afterwards. We're so there it's not funny. 

Where: The Astor, 1 Chapel St, St Kilda 
When: Friday 17 August, from 
For more info, click here.

Saturday 18 August

Eat Polish Dumplings For Charity

Pierogi Pierogi are busting out Polish dumplings at Fitzroy Market on Saturday, and all profits are going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Get down there and show your support. if you donate to the ASRC on the day you’ll also go in the draw to win a 10-person Pierogi Pierogi feast in your house.

Where: Fitzroy Market
When: Saturday 18 August
For more info, click here.

Check out Eves Karydas 'Couch' Tour

Following the release of her electrifying new single, ‘Couch’, Eves Karydas has announced that she'll be embarking on a not-to-be-missed, east coast headline tour. The tour kicks off in Brisbane, then making its way to Melbourne this weekend. And tickets are on sale now.

Where: Northcote Social Club, 301 High St, Northcote
When: Saturday 18 August
For more info, click here.

Sunday 19 August 

Roll into a Sunday Sesh at Revolver

You know what, make it a real lock-in and head to Revolver for a solid Sunday session. Audiojack will be providing the beats this weekend, keeping you in denial that Monday is just around the corner. 

Where: Revolver Upstairs
When: Sunday 19 August – Monday 20 August, from 9am
For more info, click here.

Rock out in the Newport Substation

German music genius Santé is in town this weekend, performing a very exclusive gig at a heritage substation in Newport (just Google it). This is the second musical showcase from Unique Events, and you can bet it's gonna sell-out quick. 

Where: The Substation,1 Market Street, Newport
When: Sunday 19 August
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Eat The Beat presents 'The Pyramid' 

Eat The Beat is hosting 'The Pyramid' on Saturday night at New Guernica. It's a laser-powered dance party, and it should be going off. Featuring main acts from Matteo Freyrie DJ and Matt Radovich, plus support acts in the Kitchen Room. Look out for the trippy light show. Tickets are on sale now. 

Where: New Guernica, 322 Little Collins Street
When: Saturday 25 August
For more info, click here.

Drink Gin & Wine With Gembrook X Longsong

Grab a ticket to Gembrook x Longsong and get some of the best wines from Gembrook Hill Vineyard & The Wanderer. Winemaker Andrew Marks will join the night for conversation, and your vino will be accompanied by a four-course menu, designed by chef David Moyle. The night will also feature Andrew’s other project, The Melbourne Gin Company. Gin, hell yes.

Where: Longsong, Upstairs 44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 22 August
For more info, click here.

Pop this one in the diary too: The Rochey is hosting yoga + Negroni sessions later this month. 

Image credit: Superpig

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